The AI Transformation: Moving from Hype to Value Creation

Feb 28, 06:00 PM PST
  • Los Angeles AICamp
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Welcome to the monthly in-person AI meetup in L.A. in partnership with USC Marshall School of Business, MS Business Analytics Program. Join us for deep dive tech talks on AI, GenAI, LLMs and machine learning, food/drink, networking with speakers and fellow developers.

The Year of AI was declared in Davos during the 2024 World Economic Forum, as CEOs from around the world touted technology and AI’s massive impacts on nature of work, operational efficiencies and transformed business models. Business leaders are now being asked and expected to convert the hype into operational excellence at an unprecedented rate of conversion. This session of AICamp dissects the hype and examines the application, its challenges and impact across industries, to allow each of us to better lead, influence and apply AI in our organizations.

- 6:00pm~6:40pm: Checkin, food and networking
- 6:40pm~6:45pm: Welcome, Community update
- 6:45pm~8:15pm: Tech talks and Q&A
- 8:15pm~9:00pm: Open discussion, Mixer and Closing.

Tech Talk: Building & Implementing Generative AI Powered Applications
Speaker: Gheni Abla (Director of Data Sciences and Development, ICE LinkedIn)
Abstract: In this presentation, we will examine and compare state-of-the-art practices in creating industry specific custom Generative AI applications. Starting with fundamental building blocks, we will progress to the necessary state-of-art software development stack, customizing models, model packaging, and deployment in production. The talk will conclude by discussing primary challenges of custom Generative AI applications and proposing possible solutions for AI practitioners and business leaders in the field.

Tech Talk: Forecasting Movie Success: Leveraging ML and Streaming Data Insights
Speaker: Alejandro Leda (Ledafilms Entertainment Group LinkedIn)
Abstract: In this tech talk, we will explore the innovative approach of using machine learning to predict the early success of movies in the Video-On-Demand (VoD) sector. Focusing on the filmStreamingForecast project, we will delve into how Gradient Boosting Machines and advanced feature engineering techniques can analyze streaming data to forecast movie success. This discussion will cover the methodologies employed, the importance of predictive modeling in the entertainment industry, and the potential implications of accurately forecasting movie performance. GitHub repository

Tech Talk: AI and Transformation of Content Generation in the Entertainment Field
Speaker: Arif Ansari (Professor of Clinical, USC LinkedIn)
Abstract: In this talk, I will present the rapid evolution of content generation using AI tools. Yet not many has understood the supply-demand nature of entertainment content. The content generation supply will soon reach hundreds of millions per day but there is no guarantee that it will be resonating nor viral from demand side. I propose a holistic view of problem faced by content creators called "WICKED" problem and how AI/ML/Analytics will solve this problem.

Stay tuned as we are updating speakers and schedules. If you have a keen interest in speaking to our community, we invite you to submit topics for consideration: Submit Topics

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Public transit: Expo Line - Jefferson/USC Station & Expo Park/USC Station
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Gheni Abla(ICE), Alejandro Leda (Ledafilms), Arif Ansari (USC)

Gheni Abla
Gheni is a business and technical leader with deep experience in Data Science, Machine Learning, and Distributed Computing. His specialties include solving cutting-edge problems with AI and machine learning, developing product strategies, creating large-scale SaaS products, and building/growing highly effective international development teams. He leads AI Engineering, Data Science, Software Development and MLOps/AIOps teams in the Finance Industry.
Alejandro Leda
Alejandro Leda is a dynamic and strategic executive with over 14 years of extensive experience in the entertainment industry, especially noted for his expertise in integrating machine learning and data analytics to enhance business strategies.
Arif Ansari
Professor Ansari is an expert in the area of data mining, business intelligence, data warehousing, and intelligent systems and technologies, a field in which he has fifteen years of research experience. He has published in IEEE Transactions on Systems and Man and Cybernetics. Professor Ansari previously received Marshall Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence.
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